Woodcarver List Who's Who: C

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celtcarverceltcarver, aka womeditor, aka Matt Kelley

One day long ago, in a place far away (well okay, it was in July 1991 in Estes Park, CO) I purchased a set of palm tools, a Warren #1310 handle, a blade assortment, a basic sharpening kit and a copy of Santa and His Friends: Carving with Tom Wolfe. That was the beginning.

Since then I have been fortunate to take classes from (or with) some of the finest carvers in North America, including Ivan Whillock, Marv Kaisersatt, Tom Wolfe, Harold Enlow, Eldon Humphries, John Burke, Pete Ortel, Pete LeClair, Carole Jean Boyd, Steve Prescott and Bob Travis.

Most of my carvings are in-the-round caricatures, but since taking classes with Ivan Whillock in traditional carving techniques, I have been working on more realistic projects. I've also been know to carve cottonwood bark and cedar fan birds.

In additional to carving, I am the owner of The Carvers' Companion, the Internet home to:

  • Woodcarver Online Magazine, a bimonthly free on-line electronic magazine for and by woodcarvers, now in it's seventh year of publication
  • World Wide Woodcarver Exchanges (W3E), a five year old series of woodcarving exchanges involving carvers in North America, Europe and Australia
  • Woodcarver Resource Files, a collection of excellent reference material for carvers both new and experienced
  • Woodcarver List , the first and oldest email list on the internet

All of there resources may be found at The Carvers' Companion web site,

My daytime job is at the University of Michigan, where I am a business manager in IT Central Services.

Aside from the art itself, the best part of being a woodcarver are the friends discovered along the way. Woodcarvers are some of the most down-to-earth, sharing people you'll find.

A more detailed biography may be found HERE. The gateway to my personal web page is HERE

Jantucobwebs101 aka Jan Vail aka Jantu

Hi ... I am Jan Vail aka Jantu. I am originally from Michigan, but retired with hubby to Yellville, Arkansas (beautiful Ozark Mountains) in 1997 and found a serious love for wood carving as a hobby. I love all sorts of styles, but especially realistic, relief and humorous carving.

I am also love to paint and quilt. I belong to NW Woodcarvers Club in Mountain Home, Arkansas. I have been so very fortunate to have taken instruction classes from Ron Wells, Len Dillion, Debbie Traylor, Harold Enlow, Debra Edwards, Jon Nelson, Futterer, Marilyn Osterhouse, Jack Ryan, and many, many more talented carvers. Woodcarvers are the BEST!!

Please see some of my attemps at carving and sign my guestbook HERE

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